Photo Contest News

March 8, 2017

2017 Annual Photo Contest Winners

After a week of voting, several winning photographers have emerged from the AIA’s Sixth Annual Photo Contest. This year’s contest included 170 photo submissions in the following categories: Archaeological Landscapes, Monuments, Excavation, Field Life, and Fun Finds. The 2017 submissions depicted archaeological sites in 29 different countries! Click here to see all submissions.




Congratulations to all our winners!  First place winners and runners-up will receive a complimentary year-long membership to the AIA.



Archaeological Landscapes


Honorable Mention: Can Scatter Along the Camino Real

Paraje San Diego, Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

By Ali Scotten


Runner-up: Storm Clouds over Trim Castle

Trim Castle, Trim, Ireland

By Caitlin Lobl


Winner: Above the Chaos

The Kephali, Sissi, Greece

By Gavin McGuire





Honorable Mention: An excavation day with Phaistos Project

Chalara Quarter, Festòs, Crete, Greece

By Alexia Giglio


Runner-up: A Helping Hand

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire


Winner: Student volunteer sifting soil

Great Neck field school, Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

By Kaitlyn Holmes



Field Life


Honorable Mention: A much needed break in Sitia, Crete

Petras, Sitia, Crete, Greece

By Stephen Guerriero


Runner-up: That inscription is purrr-fect!

Thasos Island, Greece

By Chelsea Gardner


Winner: Kolatzio Reggae – Breakfast

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire



Fun Finds


Honorable Mention: Landowner and workers with preclassic bowl recovered during survey at Chi’Kaqajaay.

Chi’Kaqajaay, San Pedro La Laguna, Solola, Guatemala

By Gavin Davies


Runner-up: A cup-marked stone emerges from a trench on a Late Bronze Age hillfort

Outeiro do Circo, Beja, Portugal

By Kate Leonard


Winner: Late Minoan IB Seal

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire





Honorable Mention: Icarus has fallen

Valley of the Temple of Agrigento, Agrigento, Italy

By Vivian Laughlin


Runner-up: Return to the Jungle: 19th Century Sugar Mill

Laminai, Belize

By Jane Waldbaum


Winner: The Wrath of Poseidon

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire

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